SAN JOSE -- The Sharks announced Wednesday they have extended the contract of assistant general manager Joe Will. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Will, a member of the Sharks organization since the franchise's inception in July 1990 and thought to be a general manager-in-waiting, was first promoted to assistant general manager in the fall of 2011. He was the team's director of hockey operations from 2004-2011, and has also previously served as assistant to the general manager and scouting coordinator.
"Joe is an invaluable member of our hockey department," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "We are extremely pleased that he has committed himself to staying and working in San Jose, despite being approached with several opportunities by other NHL clubs. We're fortunate to have him in our organization."
In what may be a tumultuous offseason for the team, the Sharks' front office and coaching staff has remained intact since the team's first round loss to the Los Angeles Kings. Both Wilson and coach Todd McLellan were both retained, and McLellan's assistant coaches -- Jay Woodcroft and Jim Johnson -- will also be back. Larry Robinson will also return as associate coach, and also serve as director of player development.
In addition, as general manager of the Worcester Sharks, Will oversees all hockey operations efforts for the Sharks American Hockey League affiliate, including player evaluation, player contracts and player recall and reassignments.
"I have an immense sense of loyalty to the Sharks organization and to the people I work with," Will said in the statement. "As a charter member of this franchise, San Jose is where I want to be. I think there is some unfinished business here and we are entering an exciting phase of transitioning the club."